Author Archives: Henry Vann

Question: Big or small government? Answer: effective

One prominent member of Liberal Youth hits the nail on the head when she says ‘ frankly sick of all this I’m a social liberal so I’m a better Lib Demno it’s Orange Bookers that are real Lib Dems… we’re in the same party ffs.’

And the contrasting Economist correspondent missed the target by a mile when he wrote – following our last conference – that ‘the Liberal Democrats are still in denial about their innate dividedness.’

You see according to this correspondent – quoted again in The Week – he has had a brilliant insight: ‘You cannot be both for, and against, the Big State.’ But whilst his truism is logically …

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Opinion: a worse government

What would a minority Conservative government look like?

It is now widely accepted, by Jack Straw among many others, that a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats would, sadly, have been unworkable.

The numbers didn’t add up, we suffered real difficulty – whichever account you believe – negotiating with Labour, and there was the ever-present threat of nationalist lobbying.

So the alternative was a Conservative minority government.

And what would this government have been able to pass through parliament with the support of the next biggest party Labour? What policies would be implemented by a minority Conservative government with Labour’s blessing?

Academies. This is …

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  • User AvatarNicholas Cunningham 29th May - 7:40pm
    The coalition years, time stands still for some.
  • User Avatartheakes 29th May - 6:52pm
    Paul Barker, yeah think you are right, I still reckon between 3-5 only.
  • User Avatarjohn 29th May - 6:35pm
    Did Tim forget that Nurses were supposedly using food banks during the coalition years?
  • User Avatarpaul barker 29th May - 6:31pm
    @ Michael BG, I have no idea how many seats we will get but a Target list of 34 (if I got that right) sounds...
  • User AvatarEl Sid 29th May - 6:16pm
    And how do you shake off the fact that two years ago you were in government with them? How do you get back the votes...
  • User AvatarJohn Littler 29th May - 6:06pm
    "The strange death of Liberal England" describes the replacement of the Liberal Party as a natural party of government, by Labour in the early to...